Drivers to watch in second half

Insider's Scott Symmes takes a look at five drivers who are poised to improve as the second half progresses.

Updated: August 25, 2003, 2:07 PM ET
By By Scott Symmes | ESPN Insider

The championship contenders -- Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Bobby Labonte -- have been established, but that doesn't mean those removed from the title chase are stuck in neutral.

With 288 points separating the 10th- and 20th-place drivers, and only 136 separating six and nine, the standings will see plenty of movement in the second half. As some drivers have already found out this season, it's possible to go from being in the top 10 to just fighting to stay in the top 15 after one or two poor runs.